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Students in the MS in Chemical Engineering program will take a number of advanced courses in key fundamental chemical engineering areas such as transport phenomena, applied mathematics, thermodynamics, kinetics and reaction engineering. In addition, students will select a number of electives courses to develop knowledge and expertise in specialized fields such as energy engineering, materials engineering, bioengineering, environmental engineering, engineering design, and control management.
Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.
- A minimum of 28 units is required to earn the M.S. in Chemical Engineering degree
- Required Core Courses: 12 units
- Required Elective Core Courses: 6 units
- Required Seminar Courses: 1 unit (0, 1 unit for two semesters)
- Elective Courses: 9 units (must be approved by department)
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
|Spring 2018 (scholarship consideration)||August 31|
|Spring 2018 (FINAL)||September 15|
|Fall 2018 (scholarship consideration)||December 15|
|Fall 2018 (FINAL)||January 15, 2018|
- An undergraduate degree in engineering, math or hard science* from a regionally-accredited university. Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
- Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.
- Satisfactory performance in previous coursework related to the intended major.
- *Students without a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering must have a minimum of math and science coursework in:
- Calculus through Differential Equation
- General, Organic, and Physical Chemistry
- College-level, calculus-based Physics (Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electricity & Magnetism)
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
GRE General Test: Satisfactory and valid test scores. Valid GRE scores must be dated within five years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.
Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
Letters of Recommendation (3 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.
English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.
The following is an overview of the tuition & fees for graduate engineering students. Both on-campus and DEN@Viterbi students pay the same tuition.
Per Unit Rate
|Fall 2016 - Summer 2017|
|Fall 2017 - Summer 2018|
TUITION & SAMPLE COURSE PLAN FOR 28 UNIT PROGRAM (Residential Students Only)
|Mandatory Fees (approximate)|
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
|Norman Topping Student Aid Fee|
|ENGR Computing Access Fee|
$40 - $100 per course
If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student.Learn More About DEN@Viterbi
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DEN@VITERBI ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS
The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.
|All courses are required – 15 units total.|
|CHE 501 | Modeling and Analysis of Chemical Engineering (3 units)|
|CHE 530 | Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers (3 units)|
|CHE 540 | Viscous Flow (3 units)|
|CHE 541 | Mass Transfer (3 units)|
|CHE 542 | Chemical Engineering Kinetics (3 units)|
|CHE 544 | Heat Transmission (3 units)|
|Elective courses must be approved by the department. Courses must be at the 500-level or above – 9 units total.|
|CHE 550a and CHE 550b are required for on-campus students. DEN students living in the Los Angeles area who are capable of coming to campus for the CHE 550a and CHE 550b seminar classes may do so. DEN students living outisde of Los Angeles will register in the on-campus section of CHE 590 and should contact the department for distance seminar instructions.|
|Prerequisite Courses |
|Students without a B.S. in Chemical Engineering must complete the following prerequisite courses at USC: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CHE 330), Separation Operations (CHE 350), Kinetics & Reaction Engineering (CHE 442), Viscous Flow (CHE 443), and Heat and Mass Transfer (CHE 445, 446). Units from these courses cannot be applied towards the M.S. in Chemical Engineering. Some of the above pre-requisite courses may be waived on a case-by-case basis (based on individual student’s undergraduate curriculum) upon consultation with the Department Advisor.|